O. F. Grover
Oliver Franklin Grover.
Tools Made: Printers' tools.
Working Dates: 1856-87?
Born in 1830 in Connecticut and died July 18, 1887 in Middletown. He is buried in the Indian Hills Cemetery. He is listed in the 1860 census as a manufacturer and in the 1870 and 1880 census as a manufacturer of printer tools. He apprenticed as a blacksmith.
From Ref. 14 Page 105. Map H & I.
From Ref. 24.
"O. F. Grover's Factory.O. F. Grover's shop is situated in Middletown, on Butternut street, west of Indian
Hill Cemetery. The business was started in 1856, on Washington street, near the Arrowanna Mills.
Mr. Grover originally manufactured only printers' sticks. In 1865 he built his factory on the present site and now
manufactures a variety of printers' tools. He employs four or five men. Mr. Grover is the inventor of the
" clamp " or " slide " stick, so much in favor among members of the craft who ply the " art preservative," and
which is so universally used throughout the United States. Mr. Grover is a native of Middletown, and was born in
1830. He served an apprenticeship at the blacksmith's trade, and the idea of embarking in his present business
was suggested to him by a printer who had experienced the difficulties of setting, and resetting the old "screw"
He invented an early printers composing stick, number 15, 358, July 15, 1856. Below is an 8 inch composing stick with Grover's patent date, however, it has no manufacturer's mark. Marked “PAT(?) JULY 15 56". Part is unreadable.
Marked "PAT ? JULY 15, 1856".
Below is Robert Young's patent 108549.
Marked "Patd. Oct. 18. 1870".
Patents issued or assigned to this company or one of its owners. See ref. 24 for additional
Connecticut patents. The second item has the wrong number listed in ref. 24. I changed it to "0".
Name Pat.No Item Issue Date
Grover,Oliver F. 15358 Composing stick 7/15/1856 Grover, O. F. 28472 Printers rule mitering tool
5/29/1860 Young,Robert Clark 108549 Composing stick 10/18/1870 Assigned to Grover Grover,O. F. 204432 Composing stick 6/4/1878 Assigned to W. Quail & Grover
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